There’s something to be said for a nice quiet walk along a lake. There is something about water which calms our souls and restores our connection with Mother Nature. Canandaigua is indeed fortunate to have Kershaw Park which sits along the northern edge of Canandaigua Lake. Kershaw Park and the City Pier are remnants of days gone by when steamboats plied the waters of Canandaigua Lake in the late eighteen hundreds or when the young people gathered on the shores of Canandaigua Lake to have some summer fun at the Roseland Amusement Park which used to reside there during the fifties and sixties.
It’s early spring and there are only a few folks taking a walk in Kershaw Park. The air is still very cold as most of Canandaigua Lake remains frozen. A few parents have brought their children to play on some of the playground equipment in the park. It’s an ideal spot to replace the stale air in your lungs with fresh air blowing over the frozen mass of ice water.
Perhaps these same children may some day return to the gazebo to celebrate their wedding day as it’s a perfect spot to mark new beginnings in one’s life. While the seasons of people’s lives change along with the seasons of the year, the Lake remains as a reminder of the beauty and permanence of this beautiful region.
The Developers have come once more to try to extract some gold from the swamp land which sits across from Kershaw Park. They want to erect buildings which will house a few wealthy people and to provide some stores which will service these people. But why not just leave the open space alone? Return the trees and the grass that were stripped from the land and add some sidewalks, a few street vendors, and some pavilions for a summer’s picnic or a little respite from the summer sun?
Man is never happy to leave things alone so that they can be enjoyed just as they are. Perhaps in another 100 years, the DEC will be planning on re- mediating the old buildings that used to stand on these beautiful shores of Canandaigua Lake and to return the shoreline to a more natural state for everyone’s enjoyment.